The Western Conference produced a dominant display of basketball to win the 2016 All-Star game 196-173 over the Eastern Conference.
Russell Westbrook made it back-to-back MVP awards as he finished the game with 31 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
On a night that was all about Kobe Bryant before tip-off, the 2016 All-Star game soon exploded into action as the first half passed by in a blur of dunks, three-pointers and skill.
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The East led 43-40 after the first quarter, but at the half, the West held a 92-90 lead. Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was the top scorer at the interval with 16 points off 6-of-10 from the field.
Hometown favourite Kyle Lowry had 11, along with four rebounds and two assists, as did LeBron James.
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But the West, spurred on by Kawhi Leonard’s 13 and Anthony Davis’ 12, held a two-point lead before Sting came on to the stage at half-time to give an impressive performance.
Stephen Curry, who shot just 1-of-5 from deep in the first half, kicked off the second with a three-pointer to put the West five points up.
George continued his impressive night and took his tally above 20 with an alley-oop and three-point shot within the first two minutes of the second half.
Curry showed another side of his game to throw down a slam and take his tally to 17 in a quarter where Westbrook came alive with four threes.
Isaiah Thomas brought the East within three with two minutes left to play in the third but the West extended their lead to double-figures before an Al Horford buzzer-beater from deep made the score 145-136 at the interval.
Newly crowned Three-Point Contest king Klay Thompson kicked off the fourth quarter with a shot from deep, taking his nightly tally to six.
Kobe Bryant re-entered the game for the final time with just over five minutes remaining in the fourth and drew a huge cheer from the on-looking crowd.
The soon to be retired star notched his sixth assist of the game as he dished to Westbrook from under the basket, the Oklahoma City guard executed from deep.
George continued his strong night and took his tally into the 40s off of 16-25 shooting, as he continued his push for 2016 MVP.
Westbrook, making a charge for a second consecutive MVP title scored another three to finish with 31 points.
With the seconds ticking down Curry picked up the ball on half-court and was encouraged to let rip by the crowd. He duly obliged and, unsurprisingly, nailed it to take the score to 196-173.